Support for our Community

Ways to Find Assistance

Saint Paul Meal Distribution for Families in Need 

The City of Saint Paul has partnered with YouthpriseArts-Us and the Sanneh Foundation to provide free meal service through June 5 to Saint Paul families in need. Families with minor children in the home will be eligible to pick up one meal bag per child per week. Each meal bag contains seven dinner meals and seven snacks including fresh fruits and vegetables, juice, a variety of sandwiches, crackers, cheese, milk and more. Visit the city’s website for pick-up times and locations for the meal bags.

 

State Resources for Assistance

Learn more about how to seek assistance from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. DHS temporarily modified procedures to make it easier for people to get, keep and use essential programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which offers monthly food benefits.

 

Ways to Provide Assistance

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative asked Gloria Dei for help to collect items of special need during COVID-19. As a collaborative of congregations, Beacon is united in action to create homes and advance equitable housing. If you can be a volunteer driver, or if you have items to be picked up at your home, please email Leslie Kallas. They need drivers to pick up the items from Gloria Dei and take them to the Beacon drop-off location, and to pick up donations from people who cannot get to Gloria Dei. Our collection continues and the items are:

– Body lotion.

– Pump-type disinfectant soap (liquid).

– Paper towels.

– Laundry detergent.

– Masks of any type – fabric masks (with elastic or tying ear loops) are fine.

Drop off your donations at Gloria Dei in one of the blue bins placed outside the parking lot doors. Spread the word on social media. Thank you for your support.

Lutheran Social Service of MN (LSS) has several urgent volunteer opportunities available, especially for people to sew face masks. Find more information here.

ELCA COVID-19 Response Fund to help in the larger community. It will provide funds to the ministries of the ELCA most in need and best positioned to help. This includes ELCA congregations as well as local and churchwide ministries capable of reaching and assisting those in need. If you are able, please help with a gift today. Read Presiding Bishop Eaton’s message.